Essays Archive

Teenage Fanclub: The Next Beatles?

In my recent obsession over Teenage Fanclub, I’ve done a lot of examination of their music and career, and I’ve found some eerie similarities between the Scottish band and the four lads from Liverpool. Lots of bands have had the “Next Beatles” thrust upon them – Badfinger, the Raspsberries, Duran Duran, Squeeze, Oasis – but …

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Two different melodies: ‘Near You’, Teenage Fanclub

When I first heard “Near You” by Teenage Fanclub, I was taken with the keyboard melody that graced most of the song. The thing is, for the first few months that I heard this song, I was hearing a different melody than what was being played. Teenage Fanclub had buried the keyboard among guitars, bass …

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Misheard Lyrics

There’s a reason this blog is called Hooks and Harmony and not Hooks and Lyrics. I’ve never paid much attention to lyrics, preferring to focus on the musical aspects of songs. (There was that one period when I closely examined every U2 lyric for signs of political and spiritual meaning.) As a result, I’ve tended to …

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